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316 Mile Long Building

Amorsolo Street

Legaspi Village

Makati City

1200 Philippines

Telephone: (632) 8941441

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Living and working in the Philippines



Living standards

In a survey conducted among 500 expatriates by the Singapore-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, the Philippines was top choice for expatriate living because it offers the best overall quality of life. Among the advantages cited by the expatriates were ability to interact with the local population (many of whom speak and/or understand English), access to recreational activities, value-for-money housing and shopping, and ‘‘excellent’’ nightlife. The Philippines is also the top destination for retirees among all countries in the world, mainly because of the presence of household help and caregivers.

Cost of living
Living costs vary widely; the cost of living in Metro Manila is the highest in the entire country. But no matter where you are in the Philippines, the cost of living will be dramatically lower than in a comparable area in a Western nation. Houses can be leased for US$300 (for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in an average neighborhood) to US$4,000 (for a fully furnished four-bedroom house in an upscale community). Hotel rates range from US$72 to US$100 a day (for three-star hotels) to US$180 to US$250 (for five-star hotels). In Metro Manila and suburban areas, American and international schools offer classes for all grade levels. Tuition ranges from US$2,800 to US$9,300 annually.


Entertainment and Recreation
Many regard Metro Manila as the entertainment capital of Asia. Numerous watering holes, bars, bistros, and such offer an eclectic selection of music; there are places that offer jazz, others that feature rock, and still others that play Latin beats. Theaters and hotel restaurants are often venues for Filipino music and dance. Restaurants also cater to all palates, serving international cuisine. Be it Asian food, Mediterranean fare, or Western staples, the Philippines will surely have something to offer.

There are also many sports activities to choose from. Worldclass golf courses can be found all over the country. Facilities for basketball, tennis, bowling, billiards, horseback riding, wall climbing, and soccer are also available. For the adventure seekers, the archipelago has several scenic dive and surf spots, and for mountain climbers, mountains ranging in size from small to massive.

The Philippines also presents means of relaxing. Spas can be found all over Metro Manila, good for a day of pampering. For weekend getaways and longer vacations, there are plenty of places to choose from. Subic Bay, once home to the largest US Naval Base Complex outside the United States, has become a popular tourist destination. While it has a Central Business District for various industries, its beaches and ecological attractions draw in visitors. Boracay is considered by many as a top vacation spot in the world. A short plane and boat ride away from Manila, it is famous not only for its pristine waters and powdery white sand, but also for its
exciting nightlife.

There are a number of good schools for expatriates' children who are at the primary and secondary levels. Most private schools and universities use English as the medium of instruction. There are international schools with sprawling campuses in Manila and its suburbs. These employ American, British, French, German, even Singaporean curricula. A number of these schools are internationally accredited.

Southville (pre-school to college) is accredited by The Western Association of
Schools and Colleges (WASC). Some of the majors offered at the college level are: BS Computer Science, BS Finance, BS BA Human Resource Management, BS Elementary Education, and AB Mass Communication.

Eurocampus involves two schools from two different countries: France and
Germany. Each school has its own curriculum that follows closely what is offered in the two countries. Both schools employ teachers from France and Germany,
ensuring the same quality of education found in their homelands. Eurocampus
students transfer to schools in Germany, Switzerland, or France without any
significant problems.

Faith Academy is an international Christian school primarily for the children of missionaries working in Asia.

Brent International School Manila accepts students from nursery to Grade 12. It is accredited by WASC, the Philippines Acrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), and the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation. Brent is a member of the East Asia Council of Regional Schools and the European Council of International Schools, among others.

The International School (IS) Manila offers an American-based curriculum from early primary to high school. IS Manila also has programs for students who need an English as a Second Language program. The students of IS Manila represent 59 different nationalities, and the faculty is a mixture of teachers from 14 countries, forming one of the most diverse educational communities in the world.

The British School Manila in Fort Bonifacio Global City provides the highest quality British education. It follows the UK National Curriculum from Reception to Year 11. Students are prepared for various tests, such as the National Curriculum Tests (NCTs). They eventually take the International Baccalaureate (subject to inspection). In all comparative assessments, students at BSM perform well above National UK averages.











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